The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker

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The Doctor and Clara follow a mysterious energy reading to rural Wiltshire, where giant insects are attacking the locals.

This feels like a very traditional Doctor Who story, in a really good way. It’s most like a Third Doctor tale, with echoes of The Daemons and The Green Death. The village of Ringstone is isolated and under attack. The Army are involved too, with soldiers from a local base taking UNIT’s role in proceedings.

As the name suggests, this book is a glorious B-Movie homage, with staples like giant insects, mad scientists, stone circles, body-snatching and secret Nazi experiments. But the book pulls it off with a knowingness of the genre its immersed in. Characters dismiss the idea that the mysterious, disfigured scientist in the local science facility could have created the giant insects because it’s too obvious. But the Doctor is a metatextual character, used to arriving in different genres as well as times and places, so he knows exactly what story he is in, and acts accordingly.

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The first part of the book is all about the giant insects and arachnids creating terror in the village of Ringstone. It’s exciting, tense stuff with action, scares and ingenious escapes. The book isn’t quite instep among the television stories its set between; the Doctor or Clara would surely mention either here on in Kill the Moon that they’ve recently encountered giant spiders, and the Doctor here doesn’t show the real vitriol for the military we’ve seen on screen. But this is clearly where the two were being written concurrently, and it doesn’t distract from the enjoyment.

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3 thoughts on “The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker

  1. My notes through this one kept reflecting that the Doctor as written by Tucker (a 7th Doctor guy through and through, who even worked in a reference to “The Curse of Fenric”) sounded nothing at all like Capaldi… until we get to the Doctor’s bit of business with Clearfield during WWII. THAT was Capaldi. All in all I’d rank this as the second-best of the first 3 Capaldi novels.

      • Yeah, I found Silhouette to be generic Justin Richards and generic Doctor. I’m a big Richards fan in general but this latest one I found someone telegraphed and tiresome, not really representative of the energy that Capaldi and Coleman brought to their roles in 2014 (although Strax, as always, was a hoot).

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